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Specials (album) by The Specials 

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Specials
Specials by The Specials (1979)
Overall rank: 627th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 346 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1979 (12th)
Top albums of the 1970s (152nd)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (627th)

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The Specials bestography

Specials is ranked as the best album by The Specials.

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 346 votes)
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80/100
11/13/2018 13:24
77/100
 
80/100
11/06/2018 18:38
89/100
 
95/100
11/04/2018 18:51
88/100
 
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81/100
 
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09/21/2018 19:31
87/100

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95/100
From caseygow 08/27/2018 21:21
Fun, energetic and great production provided by Elvis Costello. If there is one ska album you should have in your collection it's this one!
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From Musicbuff123 03/19/2018 20:34
There are a few really good tracks on this album but most are just good. I like ska but when they split and formed fun boy 3, i thought the music went to a higher level.
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75/100
From planetneutral 01/13/2018 16:25
Pretty much what a ska album produced by Elvis Costello would sound like.
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80/100
From Michael1981 07/30/2017 20:37
This is ranked outside the top 500 albums! Incomprehensible!! This is a real classic- so much energy, humour and personality. This album is a joy. So many classics including their peerless cover of "a message to you Rudy". The pace never lets up and the tracks simply burst out of the speakers. Highly recommended.
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From neilgee 08/20/2016 22:15
I did see them in 1980. What I remember most from the concert (at King's Hall, Blackburn, UK) was the crowd chanting 'Rico, Rico' in praise their amazing trombonist who played every song like it was a 60's ska classic. I saw Terry Hall turn his ear to the crowd in a 'what are you chanting?' gesture, before he got it and turned to point towards their elderly trombonist in tribute. It was a great moment.
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Rating:  
80/100
From garycottier 06/12/2016 18:11
Great album. Produced by Elvis Costello who manages to retain the band's freshness and energy of their live performances. The Specials debut album is a great listen. Top songs in, a message to You Rudy, too much too young, and, monkey man. Great streetwise sounds.
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Rating:  
85/100
From martinjaa 05/28/2016 16:43
Really great album, The Specials are great!! Saw them live, they're awesome and really fun!
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95/100
From jstreets 01/31/2014 00:37
Arguably the best ska album ever made. While strong arguments can be made for virtuosity, Specials proves that sometimes simple music and rudimentary playing makes it easier for a young and wide eyed rock band to create the sound of themselves having fun. An especially impressive task considering dark subjects as racial tensions and urban decay. The cover songs, though often serious in tone themselves, add some relief to the dark realities of Jerry Dammer's originals. "It's up to You" alone holds some crucial DNA for Operation Ivy, Sublime and many, many others.
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Rating:  
80/100
From Graeme2 11/29/2013 13:37
Released same year as london calling and makes that album look like old hat by old men trying too hard. This is just way cooler and better at saying where things were at in 79. Follow up great too.
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From daveybaker 04/30/2013 09:48
The sound of late 70's Britain.
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